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Comment: Re:"Affluent and accomplished" is not the criterio (Score 1) 145

by Tom (#47944385) Attached to: Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

I can't see wasting money just to say I have money to waste.

Exactly. You're the kind of people they want to keep out. People who think that $5k is a waste. For their target audience, $5k is either not worth even thinking about, or a fair price to pay for making sure you spend your time only with people who fall into either of these categories.

Comment: Re:"Affluent and accomplished" is not the criterio (Score 4, Insightful) 145

by Tom (#47943987) Attached to: Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

That $9000 bouncer will be just as happy to let in every reality TV star, pop artist, flash-in-the-pan record producer, a

Those TV and music starlets will stay on FB because they want and need to stay in touch with their fans.

The wealthy have always segregated themselves. That $10k membership fee in the golf club is not because keeping the grass short is so expensive, either. It is to make sure everyone you meet there is in your class.

Frankly speaking, I'm mostly surprised that this doesn't already exist.

Comment: What's the point? (Score 1) 247

by Qbertino (#47943653) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

What's the point? Eat's power, wastes my time, is noisy, etc.

I've got two 1TB USB HDDs for archive and longterm storage (USB powered, to avoid the hassle with powerbricks) and I regularly archive to one of those and then arsync to the other twice a year or so, so they're basically manually mirrored. I've got three smaller Timemachine/Incremental Backup drives (again USB, USB powered) for sequential backup and disaster recovery, should one of my laptops (MB Air & Lenovo Linux Thinkpad) or my Mac Mini crash its HDD/SDD.

I do not have a landline internet connection, but that's a different story. I find I use my time more usefully. I've got plenty of broadband at work and at Starbucks or Tenten. For private Inet sessions I go there for a few hours saturdays or sundays. When I'm of the grid I hang out with my daughter and her mom, go dancing, meet with friends or read a nice book. So no need for fiddling with oversized hardware on that side either.

Comment: Re: So everything is protected by a 4 digit passco (Score 1) 471

by FlyHelicopters (#47943499) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Here you're naively presuming AES 256 is substantially more secure than AES 128. I suggest you google what Schneier has to say about it.

No, what I said is that AES-256 can't be brute force broken by trying all possible keys.

There are too many of them.

There could be other ways to break them. The easy example is to find the person who knows the key and make them tell you.

Other examples are in a flawed implantation or sloppy programming of some sort, or some other trick to find out the key.

But you can't brute force break it. The key space is too large. You could take all the computers in the world and give them a billion years to work on it and they wouldn't make a dent.

I'm no crypto expert, but I do know math.

Comment: Re:Shetland and Orkney (Score 1) 178

by FlyHelicopters (#47943213) Attached to: On Independence for Scotland:

Life isn't always fair...

If someone lives in Scotland right now and they don't want it to leave the UK... well, I'd suggest making plans to move sooner rather than later.

The vote may pass or fail now, but either way it is likely to happen in our lifetimes.

Besides, both sides are modern reasonable nations, it will get worked out, war isn't going to break out over this, neither side is that interested.

Comment: Re:Yup. (Score 1) 247

by FlyHelicopters (#47943171) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

:) I used to be a computer hoarder... I actually still own an Apple IIgs and even an ImageWriter II color 24-pin dot matrix printer.

Why? Well, the computer makes sense, I want to show my kids what computers were like when Daddy was growing up, the printer? Meh, a huge paperweight I guess, but you can still buy ribbons for it.

I used to have a 386DX-25 setup, a 486-DX/2-66, and a Pentium 166 MMX, just "in case" I wanted to play around with older stuff.

I have since thrown those away, I turned them on about once every other year, for about 2 hours. :)

I do still have a Pentium 4 under my desk with Windows 98 on it. It works, the RAM and hard drives have been upgraded in it, but really, what am I keeping that for?

Under another desk I have a Core 2 Quad Q6600 machine with Windows XP on it, but frankly, it hasn't been turned on in 3 or 4 months. I have it "just in case" I want to run something on XP.

You have no idea how hard it was to throw out the three older PCs, but you know what? I don't miss them. You can't keep everything (or you shouldn't) and they really weren't being used.


Speaking of digital data, this summer I discovered Amazon Prime Music, a recently added feature. I have a ton of ripped music on my computer and copied to my phone and iPad... you know what I've discovered? Almost everything I listen to is now free on Amazon.

Between purchased shows and movies and all the Prime Videos, I have more entertainment than I can really ever consume. :)

I'll have a desktop for a long time, if only because I need a full size keyboard, mouse, and large monitors (I do software development so I have three 30" monitors at my desk, I can't do this from a laptop).


The funny thing is all the RIAA/MPAA lawsuits did nothing to get me to stop using Torrents (which I used to do 24/7).

You know what did? Reasonable cost options and ease of use streaming. Giving me legal options killed the illegal options cold. It took them long enough...

About 2 years ago when I put the Roku boxes in place, I deleted over 40TB of movies, most of which had never been watched. Crazy waste of time and money, oh well... :)

The freaky part? My electric bill went down about $50 a month once I got rid of the server and DVD/BR ripping computers which ran 24/7. I put a kill-a-watt device on them and found they used about that much power each month, for 6 years...


Comment: Not as much as it used to... (Score 1) 247

by FlyHelicopters (#47943067) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Frankly, I setup my home 8 years ago (when I bought it) with a server room in one of the upstairs closets, had the whole house wired with Cat 6, got a 24 port hub, setup a server in a very large case with 24 1TB hard drives (those were expensive back then), and went to town.

Over the next few years, those drives were replaced with 1.5TB, then 2TB, then finally 3TB drives...

I had a second machine in place when the Core i7 920 came out and used that to rip DVD and Blu-Ray discs using AnyDVD to crack them so they could be served.

I had a computer on every TV in the house (all 4 of them) and was going to town...

Until one day, I discovered I was spending more money and time than just BUYING THE MOVIES WOULD COST.

Yea, nuts...

So I ditched all that, deleted a LOT of hard work over the years, and now buy all my movies via Amazon Instant Video.

Why? Because the quality is nice, the convince is easy, and I now have more time to play with the family.

Of course, 8 years ago, the streaming video options were not as good as they are today, which is why I set it up in the first place.

But frankly, it was a huge waste of time and money.

Today I have nothing in the server closet, other than the 24 port hub, my main desktop downstairs now has four 4TB drives that store eveything I care about and 2 external 3TB drives backup the critical stuff.

Two different online services (Crashplan and Backblaze) back everything in the house up offsite), and I also keep a copy of the most critical stuff (family documents, pictures, and videos), on OneDrive.

My wife's computer in her office has a copy of all that as well, and her documents, and of course they are all networked.

The computers at every TV? Gone... replaced first with Roku devices, now replaced with Amazon Fire TV devices.

Life has become much simpler, I have more free time, my electric bill is much lower, and frankly, I spend less money buying movies than I ever saved "ripping them".

Comment: Re:I have a phone in my pocket (Score 2) 126

All true...

The question then becomes... does technology help or hurt the cause?

Throughout human history, it has always been possible to move to someplace new, to travel to the new world, so to speak.

That is quickly not becoming possible. To some extent it isn't possible now, but it can be depending on how far off the grid you care to live. But that time is ending.

"An open mind has but one disadvantage: it collects dirt." -- a saying at RPI